Born in The Chalfonts in Buckinghamshire, England, he began acting on the Broadway stage in 1924 and went on to appear in thirty more Broadway plays over the next four decades. He first acted in Hollywood films in 1930, debuting in director Mack Sennett's The Chumps. In his career he appeared in more than forty movies and also made more than forty guest appearances on television shows. He was part of the regular cast for the 1967 season of the family comedy, Family Affair.
Outside of his movie career, John Williams gained fame as the star of a television commercial for a set of records of classical music. This became the longest running nationally seen commercial in U.S. television history.
In 1953 Williams was awarded a Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for his role as Chief Inspector Hubbard in Dial M for Murder on Broadway. When Alfred Hitchcock took over the script to make a movie of the play in 1954, he casted Williams for the same role. It was the only Hitchock-movie in 3-D.
The handicapped Williams also played in several of Hitchcock's TV-shows, so in Back for Christmas (1956), Whodunit (1956), Wet Saturday (1956) and Banquo's Chair (1959).
One of his last appearances was in Columbo: Dagger of the Mind (1972) aside to Peter Falk.
John Williams Facts
|Birthday||April 15, 1903|
|Birthplace||Floral Park, Long Island, New York, USA|
|Date of death||May 5, 1983 (age 80)|
|Height||6' 1" (1m85) How tall is John Williams compared to you?|
|Awards||2006 Golden Globe Awards: Best Original Score (for Memoirs of a Geisha)|
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